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Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Hydration And Fueling Drills For The Open Water
Practice feeding whether you are training in a pool or training in an open body of water. Some animations of feeding and hydration drills were created by Open Water Source and can be seen at here>.
During practice in a pool or open water, swim to the side of the pool or dock (or your escort boat or kayaker) and learn to quickly drink liquids while turning over on your backs and without losing momentum.
Grab your cup or bottle from your coach or from a feeding stick from the dock, drink and get on with your swim. Feeding is not resting.
Feeding stops serve another purpose unless you want to use your feeding to stretch our your back, chat with your coach, look around at your surroundings or just chill out and enjoy the moment and ambiance of the open water.
During elite competitions where money or medals are on the line, swimmers sprint to the docks or pontoons where their coach is standing with a feeding stick and identifiable gear or flags.
Just as swimmers are jostling with one another in the water, there is usually a bit of gentlemanly jostling among the coaches. The coaches sometimes shift positions relative to each other on the dock as the swimmers head towards the dock.
Experienced swimmers prepare their gel packs by 'pre-slitting' the gel packs and placing them in their swim suits so the gel packs do not rub and are easy to grab.
Some professional marathon swimmers are comfortable swimming with more than a few gel packs in their swim suits. They down their gel packs effortlessly in a matter of seconds.
The swimmers rip open their gel packs in the water and consume most of the contents in one quick gulp on their backs without losing momentum. Such smooth moves do take practice that is all mastered before race day.
Open Water Source advocates a four-step process that includes Spot and Seek (as the swimmer approaches the feeding pontoon), Reach and Roll (as the swimmer grabs the cup or bottle), Gulp and Go (within 2-3 seconds while on one's back), and Toss and Turn (as the swimmers throws the cup away and turns to go).
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